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Bebop Spoken There

Joe Farnsworth: "I have to say that jazz in New York will never die. It may seem like all the music happened 3,000 years ago, but, Charlie Parker, Billy Higgins, Max Roach and all the others are still here. You can feel their presence."- (DownBeat, January 2022)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13858 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 77 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (Jan. 23).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public) .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). CANCELLED!
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Liane Carroll: Livestream @ Ronnie Scott's - July 13

Liane Carroll (piano/vocals); Roger Carey (bass guitar); Dave Ohm (drums).

Like many other venues worldwide during these strange times, Newcastle's Jazz Coop and London's Ronnie Scott's are doing their best to keep live jazz available in one form or another. A common denominator linking these two venues, which are both socially and geographically distanced, is Liane Carroll.

A month ago, almost to the day, the singer/pianist played a stunning solo set from her home that was streamed via the Coop's Facebook page. Tonight she gave a trio performance streamed live from Ronnie's that must surely rank alongside some of the best gigs that that legendary club as seen and heard in recent years.

Our girl hit the deck running with an uptempo blast on It's Almost Like Being in Love - almost? I was hooked from bar 2!

From there on in, the music flowed like vintage wine from a crystal decanter served at just the correct temperature. 

You Don't Know Me (Ray Charles); My Baby Just Cares For Me /Sinner Man (Nina); Take me Home (Tom Waits); Orange Colored Sky - when it came to the Flash! Bang! Alakazam! line someone commented that it sounded like something from Harry Potter. One of the younger listeners I guess! 

All of Me; the timeless classic Skylark - Hoagy's tune enhanced by Johnny Mercer's evocative lyric - Donald Fagen's Walk Between the Raindrops; more Tom Waits - Ever Since I Put your Picture in a Frame. I didn't want this night to end ...

Caravan, knocked me out even though I'm not a fan of the tune. Like Summertime, Caravan has long been ground to dust by over excessive exposure. However, tonight it gained a reprieve thanks to some super scatting from Liane, an amazing bass guitar solo and a drummer who didn't try to be exotically clever but just kicked seven shades out of the kit which is the way drummers should treat Tizol's tune.

Liane dismissed her henchmen for a heartrending version of Joni's I Wish I Had a River. Not a dry eye in the house! Bass and drums returned for Carole King's You've Got a Friend. As instructed, we all sang along in the chorus - You just call out my name etc... Fortunately my neighbours were out ...

Many more nights like this and I'll be beginning to think that life isn't all bad!
Lance

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